Living with Scientific and Technological Advances
Learning Community Coordinator Aaron Brumbaugh '14
As communication and other technologies advance in a dizzying pace, we have a responsibility to step back and consider the impact—personally and socially. What are benefits, and what are the known and often-hidden dangers, not just in terms of productivity or convenience, but also in moral and ethical terms? This learning community brings together perspectives from nanotechnology, chemistry, communications and sociology to consider the broad implications of technological innovation and the ways that technology impacts social experience.
Learning Community Coordinator
Your learning community faculty will be assisted by a student "learning community coordinator." The LCC assists the faculty in the planning and coordination of out-of-classroom LC experiences, and works with the learning community students directly to explore the learning community themes.
Your LCC will be Aaron Brumbaugh '14. Aaron is a biochemistry & molecular biology and chemistry double-major who plans on going to medical school after graduation to pursue a career in medicine. He loves music, performs with the College choir, and has his own weekly radio show on Dickinson's radio station, WDCV 88.3 FM. He also works as a Teaching Assistant for some of the introductory science classes, and works in Prof. St. Angelo's research lab studying nanoparticles.
Nano-Dreams and Nano-Nightmares: Hype and Hope for Nanotechnology in Society
Nanotechnology is an emerging and growing field that may have profound effects on how we live. Medicine, energy, computation, weaponry, and basic materials may soon include nanomaterials that fundamentally alter how we view these areas. As with all transformative ideas, nanotech requires us to think about what role it may play in our lives. What is this technology and what can it do for society? Where can it be abused? What don’t we understand and how can we come to understand it? This seminar will explore ideas in the nano-realm and ask us to think about how this technology can fit into the world.
Professor: Sarah St. Angelo, Chemistry
Time: 11:30 MF
Technology and Social Interaction
How many times today have you checked your phone to see if you had a message waiting? It’s likely that your answer to that question will probably be “too many to count.” In the past two decades, rapid development of communication technology has transformed how Americans relate with one another. However, new research suggests that the overall level of social connection in America has actually decreased over the past twenty years. This course will attempt to make sense of this contradiction: it’s easier than ever before to “reach out and touch someone,” but Americans spend less time connecting with one another in their daily lives. We will learn about, explore, and use new technologies while we read social theory and research to make sense how these rapid technological changes have impacted our lives.
Professor: Erik Love, Sociology
Time: 11:30 MF